Law (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
02 August 2019
Requisites for this module
BA MVC5 Philosophy and Law,
BA MVC6 Philosophy and Law (Including Placement Year),
BA MVC8 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA VM51 Philosophy and Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA VM58 Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
LLB M103 Law (Senior Status),
LLB M123 English and French Law (Licence)
This 30 credit module, which is taught across the academic year, introduces students to the substantive criminal law of England and Wales. This will involve a study of the law governing criminal liability.
To introduce and develop understanding of Criminal Law
By the end of the module students at level 5 should be able to demonstrate the following:
Knowledge and understanding of the legal elements of criminal liability and the major criminal offences and defences
An understanding of the criminal law in its wider social, political, and philosophical context
An ability to read, understand, and analyse judicial decisions
An ability to break down a criminal law statute to its component parts and to interpret the statute
An ability to analyse and answer factual problems raising issues of criminal liability, and, in particular, to be able to do the following:
Identify the legal issue(s) arising
Identify and explain the relevant law
Engage in legal reasoning and problem-solving by applying the law, using relevant statutes and case-law, to the factual scenario
Appreciate the importance of facts and how they can affect legal analysis
An ability to evaluate the criminal law and to present a coherent oral and written argument on that basis
1. An Introduction to Criminal Law:
- Preliminary matters: Classification, Procedure, the Courts, Sentencing, and Appeals
- Criminal Law Theory
2. The Elements of Crime: Actus Reus
3. The Elements of Crime: Mens Rea
4. Offences Against the Person: Assault & Consent as a defence to Offences Against the Person
- Voluntary Manslaughter: Loss of Control & Diminished Responsibility c. Involuntary Manslaughter: Constructive Manslaughter, Gross Negligence Manslaughter, Reckless Manslaughter
6. Non-Consensual Sexual Offences: Rape, Sexual Assault,
7. Property Offences
8. Defences: Incapacity
9. Defences: Other General Defences
- Duress of Circumstances
- Public/Private Defence
10. Inchoate Crimes: Attempt
11. Parties to Crime
Weekly lectures and bi-weekly tutorials
- Child, John; Ormerod, D. C.; Smith, J. C. (©2019) Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod's essentials of criminal law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (©2019) Blackstone's statutes on criminal law 2019-2020, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Simon Cooper, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Audrey Guinchard, email: email@example.com.
Dr Audrey Guinchard, Mr Simon Cooper, Dr Oriola Sallavaci, Angela Francis
Law General Office, 01206872529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Christopher Lloyd
Oxford Brookes University
Available via Moodle
Of 282 hours, 80 (28.4%) hours available to students:
202 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
Law (School of)
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